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Foundry Companies

Linking around with LinkSmart

At the core of the Internet is the ability to connect together content. It was really this hyperlinking between pages that in many ways defined the difference between the early Internet and the bulletin boards and Usenet that preceded it. Google clearly saw the value of links, which they interpreted as people “voting” on the online content which they saw as…

The future of your past (our investment in Mocavo)

It’s funny how things have a way of working out. I wrote recently of our experience with SEOMoz – from initial meeting a few years ago to finally investing in them earlier this month. Today we announced our investment in Mocavo – a genealogy search platform that provides users with the best tools available to find…

What monks, chefs, lugers, singers, graffiti artists and actors all have in common

There’s a wealth of experience and expertise around us every day. We probably don’t give most people we pass running around our respective busy cities a second look, but rushing by you are people with interesting expertise and experience. Artists and actors; olympic athletes and monks; sailors and graffiti artists. SideTour looks to unlock this…

Too Lijit

This morning Federated Media announced that it has acquired Lijit Networks in a private stock deal. I’m incredibly proud of what the Lijit team has accomplished in the almost 4 years we’ve been investors in the business – charting a course that wasn’t exactly always a straight line, but one that has always placed publishers…

There is no “Foundry Group Boulder Signaling Problem”

Forbes published an article yesterday by Maureen Farrell stating that there’s a “signaling problem” for TechStars Boulder companies who don’t raise money from Foundry Group. “… one byproduct of [Foundry Group’s] generosity for any young Boulder company is that, if it hasn’t been funded by The Foundry Group, it must explain why. Otherwise it has…

StockTwits Ticker Link and Private Company Symbols

StockTwits announced two great new features in the last week that are worth checking out. The first is a partnership with SecondMarket to expand the StockTwits platform to include private company streams. So just as you’d tag a post with $AAPL you can now tag private companies (think $ZYNGA,$4SQ, etc). Just as it is for…

The rise of RTB and our investment in Triggit

Clearly a hot topic in online ad-tech right now is the rise of exchange-based buying and the advent of real-time bidding platforms (RTB) that allow advertisers and publishers to transact on an impression by impression basis. Given all the focus on RTB I sometimes have to remind myself that true real-time trading is less than…

How Trada Works – Niel Robertson’s Knitting Video

[Updated with the new video link/embed] You may not have realized this, but Niel Robertson is not only building a unique SEM marketplace, but he’s also a passionate knitter. The video below shows off both of these passions and is well worth watching. On a more serious note, I’m a big fan of companies producing…

Medialets Announces Universal Mobile Ad SDK

Earlier this week, Medialets made a significant announcement: the launch of their universal mobile ad SDK. This is an initiative that the company has been working on for months and is truly groundbreaking in the industry. The Medialets universal ad SDK allows app developers to have complete flexibility in how they manage the ad inventory…

Join the search revolution! Introducing: Trada

While search marketing is already a huge business, more and more companies each day are discovering the advantages of advertising directly to customers through search engines. Companies like that they can directly measure the impact of their spending – from the clicks they are generating all the way through the products they are selling as…